“We ate our salads and he asked if I’d dated in Hong Kong yet.” • There is def…

“We ate our salads and he asked if I’d dated in Hong Kong yet.” 💚

There is definitely some exciting fiction coming out of Ireland and it’s hard not to compare this book to Sally Rooney’s work. But while it had a similar vibe and a cast of millennials, it definitely had more of a dry and cutting tone to it. I wasn’t immediately sucked in – I think when Edith entered the picture, I became a lot more engaged. Perhaps because Ava’s first love interest, Julian, uncomfortably reminded me of someone from my past! eek! But that’s what I really enjoyed about this – the characters felt real and the uncertainty and non-committal situations also felt very real. I loved the IG stalking references, so current and fun to read. I also think the teaching English abroad aspect was well researched and spot on. Always fun reading the selection!

Thank you to this_is_edelweiss and eccobooks for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book. 💚



2 thoughts on ““We ate our salads and he asked if I’d dated in Hong Kong yet.” • There is def…”

  1. psyched to read this one soon—i’m so here for Rooney-adjacent work (i like the premises of Rooney’s books but think she’s quite a mediocre writer, so the snappier, sharper, more biting writing that “exciting times” seems to have would defs fit the bill haha 👌)

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